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US aid effort in quake zone 'pathetic failure' says Italy's emergency chief

The Italian Government today distanced itself from scathing remarks about the relief operation in Haiti by Guido Bertolaso, head of Italy's civil protection department, who said that the US-led efforts were a "pathetic" failure.

A clearly embarrassed Franco Frattini, the Italian Foreign Minister who is in America for talks with Hillary Clinton, said that Mr Bertolaso had not gone to Haiti as "world co-ordinator" of aid and had not been speaking in an official capacity.

“Bertolaso ... has attacked American and international organisations head on. The Italian government does not share these statements,” Mr Frattini said.

Mr Frattini said he agreed that "the level of co-ordination is inadequate, we said so from the start". But although Mr Bertolaso had "extraordinary expertise", he was mistaken in blaming the lack of co-ordination on the United States, for which Italy had "the


Added: Jan-25-2010 Occurred On: Jan-25-2010
By: kelly110
Tags: Haiti, quake, aid, USA, US, crisis, earthquake
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